The Berejikilian-Barilaro Government is preparing to walk back from its $2.7 billion-plus plan to knock down and rebuild two Sydney stadiums as it faces a growing public backlash on the splurge.

Today in the NSW Parliament, Deputy Premier John Barilaro revealed a rift in the Government by saying it still had to “make the final decision”.

Mr Barilaro went on to say a decision will be made once the final business goes before the cabinet committee that approves all expenditure.

John Barilaro: “It’s still got to come back to the ERC (Expenditure Review Committee). I am a member of the ERC we still have to make a final decision.”

His remarks in Question Time today are in stark contrast to those made last week by his boss, Premier Gladys Berejiklian who made it clear she was not for turning when asked to clarify rumours she was preparing to backflip.

“That’s my policy,” she said. “How much more black and white can I get?”

Now it appears that once again the Premier and her ministers are preparing to ditch their deeply unpopular policy. The ditching of the stadiums policy will join those other failed policies jettisoned because the Government finally realised how unpopular they were, including the greyhound racing ban, forced council amalgamations and the fire and emergency services levy.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“When is the Premier going to come clean and tell the public that she will capitulate on her stadiums policy just as she has capitulated on so many other policies?

“Not one member of her cabinet apart from Stuart Ayres will speak publicly in support of her stadiums splurge.

“The Deputy Premier feels free to claim that a final stadiums policy decision has not yet been taken, despite it being announced three and a half months ago.

“Proper cabinet government has descended into chaotic farce.”